Agency - Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Gallatin County

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Gallatin County
Last updated on February 17, 2015


The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities.

We believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) live in single-parent and low income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBS makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles").

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the ONLY Best Practice prevention program in Montana proven to impact broad spectrum of risk factors (ie. delinquency; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; teen pregnancy, and school dropout) while simultaneously helping children reach their highest potential. As such, the return on investment is higher across the board than dollars invested in single issue prevention programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County started as a part of another organization, the Gallatin Council, in 1973. By 1975, ten community leaders saw a need in the community and acted on it. The first directors were: Judge Lessley, Morgan Hulett, Rob Canfield, Gary Cline, Jack Dredla, Dennis Hardin, Lois Heetderks, Christy Munson, Jackie Stonnell and Bob Veltkamp.

Thanks to the dedication of this group, the groundwork was laid for what is today one of many local organizations based on a one-to-one friendship between an adult and a child. The corporation was established "To recruit, train, and manage a body of mature and responsible adults to devote themselves individually to the welfare and improvement of youth whose physical, mental and moral development may have been hindered or endangered because of inadequate parental supervision, bad environment or other conditions, and to aid them in developing a sense of belonging to the community and self-worth.

Contact people:

 Neelie Burman, Chief Executive Officer, (phone), (email)
Valerie Erwin, (email)


 15 S. 8th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.bbbs-gc.org
Last updated on February 17, 2015

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